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Looking for some hot foodie debate? Look no further – The 2010 Michelin stars for Great Britain and Ireland have been announced. Tania Ballantine reports.
On Friday 15 January, the 2010 Michelin stars for Great Britain and Ireland were unexpectedly revealed, a few days earlier than scheduled. This year, the bright news is that eight London restaurants have been upgraded or awarded a star for the first time, bringing the capital’s total to 47. The biggest winner is Alain Ducasse, whose restaurant at The Dorchester has been awarded Michelin's highest accolade of three stars, making his the only London establishment to rival Restaurant Gordon Ramsay. Ducasse described the third star as ‘a great honour’, adding that ‘the team here has worked very hard to maintain the level of service and cuisine, and I am very proud of our achievements.’ The capital's other big winner is Brett Graham, chef-patron of The Ledbury in Notting Hill, which picked up a second star, and also the co-owner of the Harwood Arms in Fulham, the first London gastropub to be awarded a Michelin star. ‘When we opened The Ledbury, we would never have expected to get even one star, so to get two is fantastic,' Graham told Square Meal. 'And of course we’ve picked up a star for the Harwood Arms, which was another huge surprise, so it’s a big pat on the back for the whole team.’
For a full list of Michelin stars in Great Britain and Ireland, click here.